How I Built My Direct Client Base (without Using Translation Portals)

Although this post is almost 2 years old, it is more than relevant for freelance translators today. Paula gives excellent tips on how to find direct clients who are enoyable to cooperate with. Of course we should take into account some local differences and nuances. For example, in the city where I live there is almost no sense to look for local direct clients, because most of them are not able to offer you decent rates. Moreover, they offer rates lower than those on bidding platforms. But still we have a lot of online opportunities which can be used to the maximum.

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Many years ago (as some of you might recall), there was a huge debate as to whether certain translation portals were directly decreasing translation rates through their bidding systems. Many of us raised serious objections to changes to their job boards and a lot of longstanding and well-respected members fled some of these sites –one site in particular took the most heat. But in that debate, I also remember many translators claiming that without such portals, we would not be able to find clients or get work. Of course, most of these claims came from newbies who could not account for how anyone made a living as a translator before the internet age. But even among those of us who had been around for a few years at that point, there were those who still depended on these sites for work. I was one of them.

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Oops, I Did It Again: 5 Mistakes Freelancers Tend to Make

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When I started my freelance translation career – although I didn’t call it a career at that time – I did a lot of mistakes. And this is absolutely normal. What is not normal is not to learn from your own mistakes and those of your colleagues.

Yesterday I read the post 5 Sad Mistakes Freelance Translators Make on Startup by Simon Akhrameev and it resonated with my feelings. Even after 8 years of experience I found some thoughts for myself and refreshed some golden rules of a freelance translator.

Post is highly recommended for both newbies and experienced freelancers!

Website Localization for Dummies: 3 Basic Things You Should Know About

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In the age of the Internet it would be insane for any business not to have a website. Moreover, it is globalization that dictates the pace, and if you want to be a part of the global economy you should get not only an up-to-date website but a website translated into several languages.

For a person unfamiliar with the world of translation and localization it can be a real challenge to figure out what to start with. Some insight into the topic would be a use for those thinking about going beyond national borders. Continue reading Website Localization for Dummies: 3 Basic Things You Should Know About

Invoicing in Freelance: Choose the Right Tool for Yourself

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Small business is an important part of any modern economy. In recent years freelancers have been enthusiastically joining the ranks of entrepreneurs. Perhaps not all of us take freelance seriously, and in certain countries some freelancers even prefer not to register their activity officially. Personally I do not support this practice. I am sure that freelance can be successful only in case of a serious attitude. It means that you should look at it like at your business. It follows herefrom that your business is not only your narrow profession, but also some side activities such as marketing, accounting, and invoicing, of course.

Today let’s talk about different ways to cope with invoicing. Obviously, the best thing is to make the process maximum well-ordered so that it doesn’t require too much time, money, and efforts. That’s why each freelancer chooses the way responding to his/her own principles and business style. Continue reading Invoicing in Freelance: Choose the Right Tool for Yourself

Business and Friendship — a Killer Combination?

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There is an opinion that business and money can ruin even best friendship. When you cooperate with your friends or relatives, it is indeed too hard to decide which course you should follow — the one based on business standards or the other based on moral principles.

In my life, I’ve had a chance to try both office and freelance work. My experience taught me 2 things: think twice when you hire a friend (or become your friend’s service provider) and never ever become friends with your boss. Perhaps it would seem straight-out to you, but believe me, I have grounds for deciding this. Continue reading Business and Friendship — a Killer Combination?